Peter Sleight, Hugh Owen and Ken Gosselin crossed the 25-year mark at The Courant recently. It’s an enormous achievement these days when good journalists are being cast off by the dozens.
Peter, I happen to know, was hired by former State Editor M.J. Smith about a week before I was. He ran the largest bureau on the State Desk for years before moving downtown.
I’m don’t know exactly how Hugh or Ken got on board, but do know that they have been outstanding performers for years.
Ken worked his way through the State Desk bureau system to become a mainstay of the business desk. Hugh spent many years in the wee hours as the Page One closer — a job that requires a special kind of sacrifice.
Here they are, left to right, getting their commemorative front pages: Hugh, Peter, Ken and John Ferraro, state news editor. (Thanks, David Owens, for the photo.)